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Nkhuwa pleads for women football

UNDER-20 women's national team players training at Olympic Youth Development Centre in Lusaka. PICTURE: DIANA MUTAKAFIMBO

FOOTBALL Association of Zambia (FAZ) executive committee member Lenny Nkhuwa has urged the corporate world to pump more resources into women’s football.
Nkhuwa said in an interview in Kitwe yesterday that women football, had potential to earn Zambia trophies but lack of sponsorship was hampering its development.
She said if one or two companies invested in women football the way MTN Zambia had invested into the FAZ Super Division, the women’s game could improve.
“It’s like the corporate world concentrate so much on sponsoring teams that already have sponsorship. There is so much emphasis on men’s soccer and as a result, other disciplines such as women’s football are disadvantaged,” said Nkhuwa, who is FAZ women football subcommittee chairperson.
She observed that women football has improved, citing the under-17 national team’s qualification for the 2014 Costa Rica World Cup and the senior team’s outing for the 2014 Namibia Africa3-n Championship.
Recently, FAZ withdrew the under-17 women’s national team from the 2016 Jordan World Cup qualifier against South Africa due to financial constraints.
Nkhuwa said the withdrawal was prompted by a number of factors including inadequate finances.
Meanwhile, Nkhuwa said the revival of football in schools is the surest way for FAZ to have a pool from which to draw players.
She also urged clubs to run women’s teams side by side with men’s teams so as to improve the standard of football.

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